Artist Interview Featuring Jeremy Siskind
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10/14/2020 6:00 pm (PST)
In this interview, Jonny talks with award-winning pianist, composer and author Jeremy Siskind on solo jazz piano playing. In Jeremy’s own words, “solo jazz piano is one of the most honest art forms out there.”
This interview is packed with stories, tools, and tips to help you improve your piano playing. In his new book, “Playing Solo Jazz Piano,” Jeremy breaks down the most important approaches to mastering solo jazz piano, including stride piano, traditional swing techniques, shared-hand voicings, playing ballads, and modern explorations.
Jeremy also addresses beginner students with his advice on how to practice scales, learn intervals, apply licks to tunes, and most importantly – how to structure your practice time.
Pianist-composer Jeremy Siskind is a two-time laureate of the American Pianists Association and the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition. Since making his professional debut juxtaposing Debussy’s Etudes with jazz standards at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Siskind has established himself as one of the nation’s most innovative and virtuosic modern pianists.
His career often finds him combining musical styles and breaking aesthetic norms. As the leader of “The Housewarming Project,” Siskind has not only created “a shining example of chamber jazz” (Downbeat) whose albums often land on critics’ “best of the year” lists. He’s also established himself as a pioneer of the in-home concert movement by presenting well over 100 in-home concerts in 26 states.
A highly-respected educator, Siskind teaches at California’s Fullerton College, chairs the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy’s “Creativity Track,” and spreads peace through music in places like Lebanon, Tunisia, and Thailand with the non-profit organization, Jazz Education Abroad. Jeremy Siskind is a Yamaha artist.
View the Quick Tip feature written by Jeremy to preview some of the concepts in his book.
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